Senate Approves Impeachment Theater Rules

The Democrats were up to their typical tricks, because they really do not have any sort of actual evidence

Chief Justice Roberts admonishes both sides at Senate impeachment trial, after marathon session erupts into shouting match

A marathon, 12-hour first day in the Senate impeachment trial against President Trump erupted into a shouting match well after midnight Wednesday morning, as Trump’s legal team unloaded on Democratic impeachment manager Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. — in an exchange that prompted a bleary-eyed Chief Justice John Roberts to sternly admonish both sides for misconduct in the chamber.

Nadler began the historic spat by speaking in support of the eighth amendment of the day, which was proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., just as the clock struck midnight. The proposal would have amended the trial rules offered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to immediately subpoena former National Security Advisor John Bolton.

McConnell’s rules, which were eventually adopted in a 53-47 party-line vote at 1:40 a.m. ET Wednesday and largely mirror those from the Bill Clinton impeachment trial in 1999, permit new witnesses and documents to be considered only later on in the proceedings, after opening arguments are made.

But Nadler, who was overheard apparently planning to impeach Trump back in 2018, said it would be a “treacherous vote” and a “cover-up” for Republicans to reject the Bolton subpoena amendment, claiming that “only guilty people try to hide evidence.” Bolton has reportedly described Trump’s conduct as akin to a “drug deal,” and he has indicated he would be willing to testify and provide relevant information.

I do believe that Excitable Jerry forgets how our system of Justice works. As for Bolton? There are reports that some Senate Democrats are privately mulling a Bolton for Hunter Biden testimony. No thanks. Let Joe and Hunter testify, or at least Joe, regarding his dealings with Ukraine. Anyhow, as Marc Theissen points out, if Democrats think Bolton will bring down Trump, good luck with that

Consider the irony: Senate Democrats are hoping that former national security adviser John Bolton — yes, John Bolton — will provide them with the bombshell testimony that brings down President Trump. In other words, they have pinned their hopes on a man they have vilified for years, and whose national security career they sought to destroy. Good luck with that.

It’s a long piece, worth the read, but, here’s something that really stands out

No doubt that is all true. Bolton is a foreign policy professional. But none of this means that Bolton believes Trump committed an impeachable offense. He may very well believe Trump’s decision to withhold lethal aide to Ukraine, and to raise Hunter Biden with Ukraine’s president, was wrong. (If so, he’d be correct). But not every bad decision a president makes is impeachable. I’ll bet Bolton considers President Barack Obama’s decision to release five senior Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for U.S. Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl — an act that the Government Accountability Office found was illegal — worse than a “drug deal.” Yet no Democrats called for Obama’s impeachment over it.

You know there was no way the IRS was targeting Conservative groups without Obama’s say so. And Operation Fast and Furious. And so much more. Where were Dems on those? Republicans did not call for his impeachment, either.

Regardless of whether and how Bolton testifies, Trump is going to be acquitted. The fact that Democrats are counting on Bolton to be the hero who rescues the doomed efforts by Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to end Trump’s presidency shows how weak their case really is.

So, no need for witnesses, right, Chuck?

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7 Responses to “Senate Approves Impeachment Theater Rules”

  1. Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    Dems dying on day one.


  2. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    Trump is clearly and obviously guilty as charged. The GOPhers are part of the cover-up but the American people see through them. The Cons’ sole argument is that attempting to coerce a foreign country into interfering with a US national election is not impeachable.

    President Pence will issue a pardon coincident with Trump’s resignation, and President Biden in 2021 will let bygones be bygones. The House and Senate will once again start doing the people’s work. Trump will hole up in Mar-a-Lagos and start hiring illegal immigrants again.

    • formwiz says:

      Jeffery would have been great at Beria’s show trials. Too bad we have Constitution, not an absolute ruler.

      President Pence will issue a pardon coincident with Trump’s resignation, and President Biden in 2021 will let bygones be bygones.

      Risible on every level. Gropin’ Joe is being fitted with a bag just like the Hildabeast and talking about the time he took Zachary Taylor out behind the gym.

      The House and Senate will once again start doing the people’s work.

      Spoken like a good little Commie.

      The government does (is supposed to do) the nation’s work.

  3. Chumpchange says:

    Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah). “At this stage, I’d like to hear from John Bolton and other witnesses with the direct information.”

    He agrees with you Elwood. He wants to be president SOOOOOOOOO BAD!!!!!

    He wants it with everything he is. He got himself elected in Ruby Red Utah by turning into a carpetbagger and then returning to UTAH to win the senate.

    Mitt Romney will try hard to get Trump out of office.

    One of the problems with the GOP right now is they think if they can just get past Trump that the party will return to the worthless bastards they have all become. Unfortunately for them this is not True. The democrats will not return to being the party of John Kennedy anymore than the GOP will return to being the party of Reagan.

    But all those angry white men in both parties are dying for things to return to the way they were. When The OLD WHITE GUY was making billions in China and Ukraine…you know. Biden. When Lizzy Warren was LYING to get a job at harvard. When Bernie Sanders found it comforting to honeymoon in the USSR.

    When Romney was having a blast RAPING failing businesses for profit and getting rich. The reason he was so apologetic during his 2012 run was because he really was a bastard Robber Baron.

    So yeah. Trump is guilty of trying to get Ukraine to investigate corruption. He is not guilty of trying to sway the election. That would be:

    Obama who set up offices in Israel, sent his own top guys, and gave money from his White House budget to defeat Netanyahu. Where was you outrage?

    Vladimir Putin’s Bad Blood With Hillary Clinton From TIME Magazine. A left wing rag.

    At a crisis meeting with his advisers on Dec. 8 of that year, the Russian leader chose to lay the blame on one meddling foreign diplomat: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    “She set the tone for certain actors inside the country; she gave the signal,” Putin said of Clinton at the time, accusing her of ordering the opposition movement into action like some kind of revolutionary sleeper cell. “They heard this signal and, with the support of the U.S. State Department, started actively doing their work.”

    You dummies on the left dont even realize why Putin hacked the DNC. Even TIME recognized that Putin’s was a vendetta against HRC and by default it would help Trump. Trump did not seek nor accept any help from Russia or the Ukraine. Period.

    • Chumpchange says:

      Elwood would you not agree that it was the HOUSE’s responsibility to present to the JURY an air tight case against Trump?

      Elwood would you not agree that there is no reason to call witnesses in the Senate because that was what the Democrats did in the house?

      Elwood if you were taken to court would you want 12 jurors to start calling witnesseses against you. Is that their job? Or is there job to listen to the EVIDENCE presented?

      Is it not the HOUSE’s obligation and job to PROVE TRUMP GUILTY vs demanding the Senate partake of calling witnesses and to continue to dig up dirt on Trump in an effort to strengthen their case?

      Would you not agree with the constitution which says the House has the sole power to Impeach and the Senate has the power to Hold a Trial.

      The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

      The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.

      why were they in such a hurry to get the impeachment done without waiting for the courts to weight in on getting Trump to turn over Executive priveledge information?

      Why did Nancy Pelosi say that the Democrats should not be held hostage by the COURTS???? Really. She said that in making the decision to forgo using the courts to try and pry the information from Trump’s key players who have Executive Privledge.

      Did Clinton use executive privledge during his impeachment?

      In the 1974 case United States v. Nixon, the Supreme Court recognized that the president has constitutional authority to exercise executive privilege, which protects compelled disclosure to other branches of government.

      A recent example: President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege when blocking Attorney General Eric Holder from releasing documents in Operation “Fast and Furious.” As a result, a House panel voted in 2012 to hold Holder in contempt, and a federal judge rejected Obama’s privilege.

      Executive privilege applies narrowly, and it can only be used in certain circumstances, such as protecting confidential or sensitive communications or matters of national security. Basically, the president can have private, frank conversations with his advisers to carry out his duty as president in an informed way. This privilege doesn’t apply to matters of political expediency.

      How many witnesses were heard when Clinton was impeached? ZERO.


      Because the Senate is the JURY and not the Prosecution.

      • Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

        How many witnesses were heard when Clinton was impeached? ZERO.


        They already had grand jury testimony.


  4. formwiz says:

    The Demos told us they had their case when they voted a true bill.

    Now they say they don’t.

    Too bad Cocaine Mitch is running the show.

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